DIY Stress Therapy: Music

I have a secret. It’s been forever stashed in the I-hate-housework category, but it’s confession time. Yesterday I forced myself to clean the floors for the first time in a month and actually enjoyed it. Impossible you say? Nay nay, I say. Turns out that playing music...

UNGRUMP: Taking the Edge Off Dreaded Chores

When I first started dating my husband, I often joined his family for dinner. I always jumped up after a meal to help clear the dishes, with his mom protesting, “Oh no, just leave them.” I took this to be a standard polite response and continued to do what I’d been...

Simplify Your Housework – 2/07

Yesterday I discovered that my mom–living alone but forever tidy– still carefully folds her bedspread down, taking it off every night and putting it on a bench she no longer sits on. In the morning it’s back, with perfectly lined-up throw pillows across...